13 November, 2012
Journal: 10 Minute Observation
I sat on the back deck while watched Marissa play cheerfully in the yard. At first she was picking up sticks for the fire pit. She found a long thin stick to roast marshmallows with, and wanted to carve the end clean. So I got her a dull knife that she wouldn’t get hurt with to use for her carving.After a few minutes of carving she ran over to her hula hoop, and started hula hooping. As soon as she noticed that I was no longer watching her, she stopped and yelled over to me “Tony, you’re not watching”! She started to hula hoop again for a few moments than suddenly dropped the hula hoop. Marissa ran into the house. When she came back outside she was holding a drink and small football. She finished her drink, and then asked me if I would play football. We threw the football around forwhile. In-between throws; Marissa would bend down and pick pieces of grass and weeds. She would drop them just before catching the football. I turned to pick the ball up and just as I was about to throw it I noticed she was gone; back in the woods looking for sticks again. She came marching up the path with an arm-full of branches. At the top of the path, she began breaking them apart into smaller pieces. When she was done she carried the pieces over to the fire. This was just ten minutes of a young girls’ life.